Course Title: Energy Water and Airflow in Buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Energy Water and Airflow in Buildings

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Mary Myla Andamon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9043

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 15, Level 3, Room 12

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In order to successfully deliver energy efficient and sustainable buildings, an advanced understanding of building physics is required. Professionals in the areas of design, engineering and project management all require knowledge of methods for measuring and verifying the sustainability performance of buildings and of the physical processes that determine performance, namely the flows of energy, air and water in the built environment.

This course will develop the specialised knowledge and skills required to analyse and apply the scientific and engineering principles of heat and mass transfer in the Built Environment. You will acquire the skills and knowledge required to perform calculations of air, water and energy flows in buildings, and apply these skills to develop building design strategies and to undertake energy audits.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Analyse, synthesise and apply sustainable building theory and principles to address industry issues, and implement new directions in sustainable building design
  • Professionally communicate your ideas and strategies, justifying decisions to diverse stakeholders, including government and industry stakeholders
  • Employ your knowledge of sustainable building and performance theory, and leading technologies, to develop solutions that respond to the diverse needs of sustainable building project stakeholders
  • Critically examine sustainable building theory, to question accepted building solutions, design strategies, design practices and decision making approaches
  • Apply appropriate research methods, tools and technical skills to plan and/or evaluate projects that contribute to the profession and the field of knowledge in the discipline

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine and discuss the physical basis for the sustainability performance of buildings, applying knowledge of energy, water and airflow and the role of occupant behaviour
  • Synthesise and apply the principles of building physics to evaluate the energy and environmental performance of energy efficient and sustainable buildings
  • Research and analyse design strategies for achieving sustainability design objectives based on scientific and objective decision-based performance criteria
  • Plan and execute energy audits and complex scientific evaluations of building energy and environmental performance
  • Perform calculations to estimate the heating, cooling and power loads of buildings

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will engage you in experiential and active learning. You will engage in a range of learning activities delivered online and face-to-face. The course consists of a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. In the seminar sessions, you will engage in hands-on interactive class activities, scenario-based learning, group discussions and hands-on computer-based workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
As part of the learning in this course you will be directed to lecture notes and other related information through links in MyRMIT. Resources you will utlise in this course include lecture notes, case studies, software packages and library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include written report(s), individual/group assignments, and/or in-class presentations. On-line quizzes will be used to support your understanding of the course material and to provide feedback. Assessment tasks may include a home comfort evaluation exercise and building heating and cooling load calculations.

Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .